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Signed state budget includes Ennis Hall funding

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May 08, 2012

Gov. Nathan Deal signed the 2012-2013 state budget Monday that includes $9.6 million in bond funding for the renovation of Ennis Hall on the campus of Georgia College.

“Georgia College is extremely grateful and appreciative of Governor Deal’s support for the funding of the Ennis Hall renovation project,” said Interim President Stas Preczewski. “The ongoing success of restoring, renovating and repurposing this historic building on the university’s campus is made possible through the diligent work of Sen. Johnny Grant and Rep. Rusty Kidd and other members of the Georgia General Assembly.”

This Ennis Hall project has been Georgia College’s highest construction priority for several years.

“Renovating Ennis Hall will bring 34,000 square feet of high quality instructional space back into use and directly enhance learning outcomes for our students,” Preczewski said.

The renovation will create classroom and specialized instructional space. Georgia College already invested $350,000 in design, making the project ready to move forward.

Built in 1918 and designed as a residence hall, Ennis Hall is a historic, four-story masonry and wood frame structure located beside the Old Governor’s Mansion. After the Georgia College GIVE Center moved into Maxwell Student Union earlier this year, Ennis remained vacant.

 “Renovation costs are considerably less than new construction,” Preczewski said. “Ennis Hall represents a tremendous potential asset as we gain academic space while preserving the historic structure and elegant look on campus. We are indebted to the governor and legislators for their funding for the renovation projects on the Georgia College campus.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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